The Art of Sir Winston Churchill

Jan 17, 2020 — Mar 21, 2020

The Hilliard University Art Museum is pleased to be the exclusive venue for the exhibition The Art of Sir Winston Churchill.

History has painted a portrait of Winston Churchill as an ambitious, confident, bold, brash, and sometimes flawed man. Volumes have been written about Churchill, the confident statesman who led the British during World War II and inspired a nation during its “finest hour.” Churchill is remembered today—over five decades after his death—as a leader whose eccentricities and audacity contributed to his stubborn defiance in the face of adversity. He was also a passionate writer and orator. He wrote over 5,000 speeches, 42 books, and countless articles ranging from African travel journals to essays about oil painting, and in 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values."

There remains, however, another picture to be painted of Sir Winston Churchill: the portrait of Churchill as an artist.

The Art of Sir Winston Churchilloffers a unique opportunity to view paintings rarely seen in North America by the British statesman Winston Churchill (1874–1965), one of the most renowned—and many say greatest—wartime leaders of the twentieth century. Bringing together works from America’s National Churchill Museum and private collections in the United States, this exhibition surveys the range of Churchill’s art, which for him was the greatest of hobbies.

The exhibition is organized by America’s National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and is presented at the museum in honor of our founding donor, Paul Hilliard, with support from the UL Lafayette Foundation, Badger Oil, and media sponsorship from The Advocate.




Sir Winston S. Churchill. Boats at Cannes Harbor, 1937. Oil on canvas. America’s National Churchill Museum. Gift of the New York State Chapter of the Friends of America’s National Churchill Museum. © Churchill Heritage Ltd

Sir Winston S. Churchill. Garden Scene, 1920s. Oil on canvas. Collection of Clark Durant, Detroit. The New Common School Foundation, Detroit. © Churchill Heritage Ltd

Sir Winston S. Churchill. Flat Calm with High-prowed Boat, c. 1925. Oil on canvas. Hugo Dixon on long-term loan to America’s National Churchill Museum. © Churchill Heritage Ltd

Sir Winston S. Churchill, A Scene at Marrakech, ca. 1948. The Hawthorne Museum. © Churchill Heritage Ltd  

Painting In France. Courtesy of the America’s National Churchill Museum.



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